Twenty two Newton Abbot College Art, Photography and History students visited Berlin for four days in February as part of their A-Level studies. Staying near Alexander Platz, the thriving centre of Berlin, students took advantage of a myriad cultural opportunities, visiting the Old National Gallery, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlinische Gallery and ME Collectors Room, as well as collections of traditional and contemporary German art, sculpture, photography, film and art installations.
History students benefitted from visits to the Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie the Holocaust Memorial, Sachsenhasen Concentration Camp and the Topography of Terror. These visits were essential in enhancing students’ understanding of course materials and allowed them to carry out vital research for their individual subject studies.
Kalie Dowling, Team Leader of History, explains the benefits of the trip: “The History students were able to see first-hand sites and artefacts from the complex history of Germany since 1871, which helped to bring the history to life. They were deeply moved by their visit to Sachsenhasen Concentration camp, on the outskirts of Berlin, and excited to see artefacts belonging to key figures studied on their course at the Deutsches Historisches Museum – the military jacket worn by Chancellor Otto von Bismarck was a particular favourite! Students were unanimous in their decision that their night time tour of the Reichstag was the historical highlight.”
Art and Photography student, Lewis Arscott, valued his time in Berlin: “As well as visiting a wide range of galleries to influence our own art work for our exam project we also had the chance to fully experience the culture of the city. I loved the art, the culture……….and the pretzels!”